IFCO appoints Vice President and Managing Director

Michael Meierhöfer assumes the responsibility as leading figure for the German, Austrian and East European markets

(PresseBox) (Pullach, ) IFCO further strengthens its position in Central and East Europe: With effect from June 1, 2010, Michael Meierhöfer assumes his duties as Vice President and Managing Director for Germany, Austria and East Europe, thus supporting the strategic positioning of the global market leader for reusable packaging logistics services.

Meierhöfer has longtime leadership experience and exemplary qualifications for this newly created position. He grew up in the surroundings of fruit and vegetable trade. After having completed vocational training as a fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Meierhöfer studied at the Wiesbaden university of applied sciences. His career then lead him to the Tengelmann Group as Management Trainee, and later to Johnson & Johnson, Roland Berger, and lastly to Atlanta AG (now Univeg), a leading European retailer for fruits and vegetables. Thanks to his excellent knowledge in the field of fruits and vegetables and the related supply chain, Meierhöfer is thouroughly acquainted with the logistical processes and thus with IFCO's core business.

Until the end of 2010, Meierhöfer will be supported by Jürg Geiger, managing director of IFCO SYSTEMS Switzerland. Geiger most recently was responsible for the successful development of the German market in addition to his tasks in Switzerland and would now like to reduce his workload due to his age. The close cooperation between Geiger and Meierhöfer will assure a smooth transition for IFCO's customers in the German market.

Meierhöfer is based at IFCO's corporate headquarters in Pullach and reports directly to Karl Pohler, CEO of IFCO.

Additional Information

WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY is an IFCO initiative, under which IFCO not only continues to assume its social and environmental responsibility but, working with strong project partners, expands its sphere of responsible activities. With the initiative's first social-engagement project, IFCO supports Food Banks worldwide in their honorable effort to provide food to the needy through the provision of reusable containers and by co-financing delivery vehicles.

IFCO SYSTEMS GmbH

IFCO is an international logistics service provider with more than 210 locations worldwide. IFCO operates a pool of over 102 million Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) globally, which are used primarily to transport fresh produce from growers to leading grocery retailers. In the United States, IFCO also provides a national network of pallet management services. IFCO is the market leader in this industry with almost 200 million pallets sorted, repaired and recycled annually.

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